College of Health Sciences

Medical Laboratory Science Program

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Our vision is that the Dixie State University Medical Laboratory Science Program be a model of excellence in medical laboratory science education, graduating medical laboratory scientists who meet the workforce demands of today and tomorrow.

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  • Provide a curriculum that meets the current and emergent pedagogical and professional development needs of students;
  • Establish and sustain partnerships with local and regional community medical laboratories that provide exceptional learning experiences for our MLS students;
  • Innovate learning experiences and provide opportunities that maximize every program student’s potential to achieve MLS career entry-level competencies;
  • Graduate knowledgeable and skilled MLS that meet the workforce needs of our local community, Utah, and the under-served regions of the country; and
  • Help advance MLS pedagogy and growth of the MLS profession.


The mission of the Dixie State University Medical Laboratory Science Program is to graduate professionally accomplished MLS scholars, committed to life-long learning and prepared to meet current and future workforce needs in medical laboratory science.

Program Learning Outcomes (Graduates’ Competencies)

Upon completion of the DSU MLS program, graduates will with:

  1. TECHNICAL SKILL: Competently perform a full range of testing encompassing the pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical components of contemporary laboratory services in areas that include clinical chemistry, hematology/hemostasis, immunology, immunohematology/transfusion medicine, microbiology, urine and body fluid analysis, and emerging diagnostics;
  2. RESPONSIVE LEADERSHIP: Apply management concepts and leadership skills, taking responsibility for analysis and decision-making, and the effective communication of valid test information wherever laboratory testing is researched, developed or performed;
  3. INNOVATIVE PURPOSE: Actively participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of test systems and interpretive algorithms;
  4. PRACTICED SCHOLARSHIP: Employ relevant experience in research design and practice;
  5. STRENGTH OF CHARACTER: Demonstrate ethical and moral attitudes, principles of lawful conduct, and commitment to continuing professional development necessary for gaining and maintaining the confidence of patients, professional associates, and the community;
  6. HEURISTIC KNOWLEDGE: Adhere to safety, governmental regulations and standards as applied to medical laboratory practice; and,
  7. NONPARTISAN DECORUM: Project an image of professionalism, respect the feelings and needs of others, protect the confidence of patient information, and never allow personal concerns and biases to interfere with the welfare of patients nor the work of colleagues and members of the healthcare team caring for patients.


Utah has no licensure requirement for Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS), though 12 of the 50 US states and all US territories do. Unique requirements for MLS employment may be employer specific, but the MLS professional standard is a bachelor degree and certification as an MLS. A Bachelor’s degree and certification as an MLS is also required to advance in the profession. DSU MLS Program graduates are eligible to take the Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) national board certification examination offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

For more information on MLS certification requirements and how to become board certified as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, visit The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) websites accessible via and  For information on certification requirements for those states and U.S. territories that also require Medical Laboratory Scientist licensure, visit URL

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences


Phone: 773-714-8880

Fax: 773-714-8886


5600 North River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, Illinois 60018

The DSU Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).


Cara Calvo

Program Director


Phone: 435-879-4971

Office: Taylor 257

Cindy Clark



Phone: 435-879-4809

Office: Taylor 258

Kathryn Preiss

Administrative Assistant


Phone: 435-879-4820

Office: Taylor 207

Medical Laboratory Science Program

Office: Dixie State University
225 S. University Avenue
St. George, UT 84770